When I was young I was curious like most children are. So to inquire about things was a natural thing for me. Well, my aunt must have gotten tired of my questions, because she said to me one day, “Gayl, you are too inquisitive.”
Thinking back on it now, I’m not sure how it affected me. But I wonder if that’s when I stopped asking so many questions. I remember being shy in school, always afraid to speak up in class.
Listen when Children Inquire
Children are so impressionable, and I’m not sure we always realize how they will react to our words. Sometimes a child’s understanding of a certain word may be different than what we are thinking. Unless we are clear, a child may misunderstand our intent.
My aunt may not have realized it at the time, but saying something like that to a child can really squelch their curiosity. I just wanted to know about things. At least my parents were more understanding. I don’t think they got tired of my questions.
When we are not sure about something we need to inquire for further information. Other people can help, but they may tire of a seemingly endless amount of questions. There is always google to search out answers, but even then we can be led astray.
God Never Tires
It is different with God. He never tires of our questions and always knows our intentions. If we are hurt or angry or just plain don’t understand, we can go to Him no matter what. He will not turn us away, but will guide in the way that is best for each of us. He is always with us.
Sometimes the answers don’t come right away, but that doesn’t mean God hasn’t heard us.
He wants us to rest in Him. We have limited vision, but God sees and knows all. His timing is perfect even if we don’t see it at the time. Never be afraid to inquire of God. He is always ready to listen to His children.
Isaiah 40:28-29 (CSB)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth.
He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding.
He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless.
God Gives Peace
There are questions I am asking God. He has not given me specific answers yet, but He has given me peace. I choose not to worry but to trust in His perfect timing. It is so freeing to give the burdens to Him.
That doesn’t mean I forget about the issues, but instead of worrying I continue to pray and read scriptures. And often at just the right time a friend will send a scripture or song to encourage me.
Just today in my reading in Psalms these verses jumped out at me, and I understood them in a new way.
Psalm 84:5-6 (CSB)
5 Happy are the people whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,[a]
they make it a source of spring water;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.[b]
Our tears can be turned into spring water ushering in blessings. Jesus gives us the living water, and the well never runs dry.
John 4:14 (CSB)
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again.
In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.
I want to leave you with this blessing of hope:
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13(CSB)
Inquire is the word prompt for Day 11 of #write28days.
You can find the rest of my series HERE.